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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Harrison Ford Returns As Hans Solo in Star Wars VII. He's 70

The young Hans Solo

So there I was eating my lunch yesterday at work while surfing the the internet (life in the 21st century) when the blurb starting hitting various news feeds: Harrison Ford has to agreed to return to the role of Hans Solo in Star Wars VII slated for release in 2015. It was first reported in the Latino Reporter but apparently this source is credible enough and tends to get their Hollywood gossip right to the point that the story was then repeated in the USA Today and Christian Science Monitor. It is unsubstantiated though.

I think the last time we left Hans Solo, he was blowing up a Death Star and being promoted to General. Harrison Ford / Hans Solo is now 70 years old give or take, an age when most Generals have already retired. Can a 70 Hans Solo have a significant role in Star Wars VII? Sure he can. Most fans of the Star Wars saga (espcially episode IV, V, and VI) would welcome the return of Hans but I also remember the elderly Indiana Jones coming back to discover aliens. Ugh! Let's hope that director J.J. Abrams does a better job with a classic movie hero than Steven Spielberg/George Lucas did a few years ago with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. A lot of lessons should have been learned from that weak effort.

A not so young Harrison Ford

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